1st Edition

Regionalism and Multilateralism Politics, Economics, Culture

    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book discusses the impact of cultural diversities and identities on regional and interregional cooperation, as well as on multilateralism.

    Employing a comparative approach to organizations such as ASEAN, MERCOSUR, SAARC, and the African and European Unions, this volume seeks to understand their distinctive features and patterns of interaction. It also explores the diffusion of multidimensional interregional relations, including but not limited to the field of trade. Scholars from several disciplines and four continents offer insights concerning the consequences of both multiple modernities and the rise of authoritarian populism for regionalism, interregionalism, and multilateralism. The Covid-19 pandemic confirmed the decline of hegemonic multilateralism.  Among alternative possible scenarios for global governance, the "new multilateralism" receives special attention.

    This book will be of key interest to European/EU studies, economics, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.


    Thomas Meyer and Mario Telò

    PART I: Multiple Modernities and Regional/Interregional Multilateralism

    1. Constrained Diversity: Modernities, regionalism, and polyvalent globalism in world politics

    Peter J. Katzenstein

    2. Multiple Modernities and Regional Multilateralism: A political-cultural point of view

    Thomas Meyer

    3. Transnational Governance and Multiple Multilateralisms

    Yaqing Qin

    4. Regional Diversities, Interregional/Transnational Dialogues, and the New Multilateralism

    Mario Telò

    PART II: History and Drivers of Regional Cooperation: Trade, identity, security

    5. The Future of Regionalism: Competing varieties of regional cooperation

    Andrew Gamble

    6. The Evolution of Competitive Latin-American regionalism

    Louise Fawcett

    PART III: Case studies: Competing Regionalisms or Pluralistic and Post-hegemonic Multilateralism?

    7. Russia and Eurasian Regionalism: How does it fit into comparative regionalism research?

    Alexander Libman

    8. China’s Multilateralism in Central Asia and Southeast Asia: A relational perspective

    Jianwei Wang and Weiqing Song

    9. South Asia between Nationalism and Regionalism

    Ummu Salma Bava

    10. Multilateralizing Regionalism in East Asia

    Moonsung Kang

    11. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): Multilateral interregionalism beyond trade relations

    Evi Fitriani

    12. Is the World Ready for a Cooperative Multipolarity?

    Antonio de Aguiar Patriota


    Thomas Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly political magazine Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte.

    José Luís de Sales Marques is President of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM).

    Mario Telò is the Jean Monnet Chair of International Relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Rome’s LUISS, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Brussels.

    "As the world debates the future shape of international order, this volume, bringing together some of the best academic scholars on regionalism, offers a feast of ideas about how different actors and forces might reshape modernity, and redefine the theory and practice of multilateralism." - Amitav Acharya, American University, USA.

    "This innovative edited volume is not only collecting the best worldwide specialists of regional cooperation and interregional relations, but it also provides us with inspiring inputs beyond the epistemic community of scholars, policy makers and citizens who are interested and committed to the construction of a new post-hegemonic, multilayered and more legitimate multilateralism." - Maria Joao Rodrigues, President of the Foundation European Progressive Studies, Belgium.

    "This is a wonderful and inspiring book on the concepts, perceptions and realities of regionalisms in our globalised world. It contrasts competitive and cooperative regionalism and outlines a vision of cooperative multipolarity." - Eun-Jeung Lee, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.